News from 2010
Projects Abroad’s Director of Conservation Stuart Timson will be spending this Christmas Day at the Taricaya Lodge in the Peruvian Rainforest. It is an exciting time this year as five spider monkeys will be released into the rainforest.
Projects Abroad in collaboration with 'Jajax Mexico' (the Mexican Association for Mucopolysaccharidoses and rare diseases) have covered the cost of transport for Brayan Ocampo so he can continue receiving treatment for this rare disease.
Projects Abroad were winners of the Digital Entrepreneur award for Best Community Project of the Year. Projects Abroad and eighteen other digital businesses in the UK had their entrepreneurial talents rewarded at a glittering awards ceremony held in Manchester, England, on Wednesday, 1 December.
ShermansTravel is trying to reach a certain benchmark of fans on their Facebook page. If they reach their goal, they will reward one lucky applicant by financially sponsoring him or her on a two-week volunteer trip with Projects Abroad.
In the last couple of weeks hundreds of soccer shirts have been arriving at the Projects Abroad office. Both the English Premiership’s Arsenal and the more local Colden Common Youth Soccer Club have sent through a wide selection of shirts.
Just volunteering was not enough for Deirdre Burnett. She visited Ghana for the second time in September 2010, this time to set up a juice bar in Cape Coast. The juice bar was made to be a ‘volunteers’ hub’, a common meeting place for the volunteers to relax and catch up with others.
Projects Abroad has worked with our sister charity the Reconstruction Project for the last five years. We have donated money to a vast range of different projects that we work with around the world.
Since Projects Abroad started in 1992 we have had over 28,000 volunteers travel with us around the globe. It is inevitable that there are a few stories to tell. Recently it came to light that a few Projects Abroad volunteers have done a bit more than sending a few postcards.
Projects Abroad has recently appeared in major US media outlets. Most notably, founder and Director Dr. Peter Slowe was featured in the August 24th edition of The New York Times as the subject of their “Frequent Flier” column.
Last month the 1000th Peru Conservation volunteer arrived on the project. Conservation Director Stuart Timson tells us more: “All in all it has been a fantastically successful summer in Taricaya and we have achieved so much."
Mircea Samoila the Projects Abroad Romania Director had a surprise delivery last week. As he was at his desk answering emails he was interrupted by a delivery man. Mircea was amazed to hear that the delivery weighed 385kg! What could it be?
For Madeleine Wright teaching schoolchildren health and safety skills in Ghana last year has changed her life. The 22-year-old university student taught at the Voice Preparatory School in Koforidua and quickly realized that health and safety was not a top priority.
Projects Abroad Human Rights volunteers Talbot Beck and Justin Miller met the lead singer last week from the South African band, The Brothers Streep who played the FIFA stage during the World Cup.
Cape Town, South Africa is infused with World Cup fever. You can feel it everywhere in the city, with national flags flying everywhere you look. People are dressed in bright Bafana Bafana jerseys and vuvuzelas are endlessly buzzing in the background.
The volunteers delivered a comprehensive presentation on 'the effects, stigma and discrimination of HIV positive children'. The information and presentations from the workshop will be distributed to appropriate placements and businesses.
Projects Abroad is starting a new Marine Mammal Conservation volunteer project in Mozambique. The dugong has been hunted for thousands of years for the use of its meat and for oil. The dugong as a species is vulnerable to extinction and is now referred to as one of the rarest mammals on earth.
There is nothing quite as revitalizing after a hard day at work as kicking off your work shoes and putting on your dancing shoes! Our volunteers in Jamaica regularly have the chance to attend typical Jamaican reggae dance classes.
Bem-Vindo, Chào Mừng! Projects Abroad is proud to announce two new destinations - Vietnam and Mozambique, taking our total up to 26. Mozambique will be taking volunteers from the late summer to get involved with Marine Mammal Conservation as well as Teaching and Care projects.
Alex Harris first joined Projects Abroad as a medical volunteer in India with Projects Abroad. However, Alex, who is a fully qualified first-aid instructor, impressed us all with his enthusiasm and willingness to be more involved. Projects Abroad offered for Alex to travel to six of our destinations to provide basic First Aid training to the volunteers and to give some of the overseas staff a refresher course.
The Drama Project in Romania is a fantastic project to get involved in at any time throughout the year, however, volunteers who are in the country at the end of August will get to take part in the 12th annual T4T Theater Festival, which brings together theater groups from all over Europe.
Projects Abroad Director, Dr Peter Slowe appeared in a radio interview in Philadelphia this week. Peter spoke to WNWR-AM’s weekly show “Dining and Destinations” about Projects Abroad and the varied volunteer programs we run overseas.
How about doing something worthwhile over the holidays? Our wide range of 2-Week High School Specials programs are the perfect opportunity to experience a gap year taster either during a school vacation or in the summer before starting college.
In February 2010, almost one year on from my first visit to Koh Rong Samleom I returned to the island. Last year I visited to make final checks before our first volunteer arrived in March, this year I was greeted by 16 volunteers and I was arriving with three more!
Each year in Peru during the long school holidays in January and February we run a teacher training program for the local Peruvian English teachers. The scheme is very popular with the local teachers and we rely on the volunteers to keep running the course.
Monday night last week was a big night for Projects Abroad Romania volunteers as they held a drama charity event for the Vulcani Hospital, and presented the talent behind their very own drama program Black Juice.
Projects Abroad volunteers in Ghana are now working with the Future Leaders Underprivileged Children’s Center in Accra. This school now teaches more than 80 children, however, it started with just 5 children being taught in the shade of a mango tree.
Medical volunteers in Nepal were able to attend a gynecology medical camp for a day on the 16th January. The camp was organized and funded by Projects Abroad in association with Dholahiti Community Health Services Center.
When you were a child, did you dream of super machines, huge space ships and other worlds? With increasing access to computers you can access these worlds just by pressing an ‘enter’ key.
Happy New Year from all at Projects Abroad. One of the great things about Projects Abroad is seeing the contrasting ways that our destinations celebrate different events.